Spoiler alert. I really like this car.
I had no idea when the Nissan Juke turned up on our drive one Monday morning just how much I’d like it by the end of the week. Turns out I wasn’t the only one.
From the daily school run to some wonderful drives through the countryside, it was a hit with the whole family from day one.
Introducing the Nissan Juke
For the most part, everything you would want and expect is standard in the top of the range Nissan Juke Tekna+.
Beautiful, soft contrasting leather. Heated seats and electric folding mirrors. Bose speakers and a large touch screen infotainment system (NisssanConnect) with plug-in Apple CarPlay, Google Android Auto and Google Assistant.
An interactive dash with traffic sign recognition, high beam assistant and an alert system that monitors your driving and sends you alerts if it thinks you might need a break from driving (very thoughtful).
There’s lots of cool tech too, like Nissan’s ProPILOT cruise control system. Plus tons of clever driver assistance technology like the intelligent emergency braking system that stops you in your tracks if you get too close to another car or object (it was interesting testing this feature out).
The Intelligent lane intervention nudged Chris back into lane a couple of times and the 360-degree Intelligent Around View Monitor (parking assistance) makes parking in any spot an absolute doddle.
Then there are things like the automatic climate control (set it and forget it), rain-sensing wipers and heated windscreen and door mirrors that just make life easier and so much more comfortable.
Surprisingly this all comes as standard with the Nissan Juke Tekna+. Even though this is the top of the range model I think it is pretty generous. The only add ons for the Tekna+ are the interior light pack and trim options for the exterior which our model had and I would definitely recommend.
There were only a couple of things missing that I have come to expect after having premium cars over the years. The first was an automatic boot and the second was electric seats. Neither are options but with everything you get as standard in the Nissan Juke Tekna+ these arent deal-breakers.
Driving the Nissan Juke
The Nissan Juke is up there as one of my favourite drives. Ever. The only other car that I have enjoyed driving quite as much was my last car which was a BMW X5.
Surprisingly the Juke has a very similar robust and sporty feel to it. The high suspension and 19-inch alloy wheels make the Nissan Juke feel very much like a 4×4 which I love. Whilst the precise steering means the tyres grip the road and handle corners with confidence which is impressive for a two-wheel drive.
The DCT (automatic) 7-speed gearbox is simple, easy and a joy to use. We switched to automatic cars a few years ago and though the Juke comes in a manual transmission the automatic is such a dream to drive I’d highly recommend it. Though I do find automatic cars slightly less responsive (quick off the mark) compared to manual cars.
The family car test
In the seven years that we’ve had a family, we’ve quickly come to learn there are a few things that a family car needs to have to make everyone happy.
First of all space and comfort, both in the front and in the back. The Nissan Juke has both. The design is not focused on just the driver and front passenger which is so important when you have kids.
There was plenty of legroom and space for Ella and Louis in the back as there was for me and Chris in the front. Whilst the electric windows, personal light controls and USB ports in the front and back made it easy for everyone to ride in comfort no matter where they were sitting.
Boot space is always going to be a key feature in a family car and often a deciding factor. Luckily for us, we don’t have pushchairs to tote around anymore, but we were pleasantly surprised by just how generous and clever the boot storage is in the Nissan Juke Tekna+.
Then there’s the comfort of the drive itself. Ella is prone to bouts of car sickness so how a car actually drives and handles is really important to us. If a car has a really stiff suspension she (and the rest of us!) really feel it.
One of the things we all loved about the Nissan Juke was the ability to switch between four different drive modes (ECO, standard, performance and sport) to make things more comfortable for Ella or change the drive for the type of road or journey we were on.
All in all, the car is a winner as a family car. Would we buy this car? Yes, we absolutely would. It ticks all the boxes and then some.
What we really need to talk about though is just how affordable this car is. One of the biggest surprises of all for me was the price of the Nissan Juke. For what you get, I personally think this is a very affordable family car.
There are five Juke models which start at just over £18k for the Juke Visia and go up to just over £24k at the very top end with the Tekna+. All of these can be configured to your taste, style and needs with a wide range of paint and interior colours and add ons.
The Nissan car configurator is one of the easiest online car configurators that I’ve ever used. It’s quick, easy and instant which means you can have a real personalised quote and a fully configured car in minutes.
Which means a pandemic doesn’t have to stop you from buying your next car. So if you’re in the market for a new family car, I’d definitely add the Nissan Juke to your list of family car recommendations – it’s a little bit of luxury but without the price tag (which we all need right now).
Disclaimer; we were invited to test drive the Nissan Juke for a week in exchange for our review. However, all opinions in this Nissan Juke car review are my own.